Friday, December 9, 2011

"Something in the water"

Oh, dear G-d, if I hear "there must be something in the water around here" on more time, I'll scream! There are three of us in the office "in a family way" and now all of us are showing and I keep hearing that stupid phrase. I even told one woman who said that, "Um, it doesn't quite work that way... do we need to talk about the birds and the bees?" She had the good grace to blush.


On a much happier note, I spoke yesterday to my HR department and it looks like I can take WAAAYYYY more maternity leave than I originally thought - AND get paid almost the whole time (I've been saving up my vacation days - they should do an episode of hoards on me and my PTO)! We're talking 2 weeks before my due date, and then 18 weeks afterwards for a total of 20 weeks. That's 5 whole months! So, with my April 30th due date, I would go on leave starting April 16 and I won't have to go back to work until after Labor Day, on Sept 4! I'm beyond thrilled! Told my boss today and he seemed supportive.

Mr. Jem is away this weekend for work. In typical Jem fashion I overbooked myself and have had to cancel the sleep-over at my aunt's house for tonight and lunch in a different part of the Bay Area with a friend for tomorrow. I'm going to go home and curl up and watch a movie with my lovely cat Sharky tonight. Still going to a colleague's Holiday party Saturday night, then a brunch with the other now pregnant women from my local resolve group (all 8 of us!!). Then dinner on Sunday with other friends. Busy enough.

Ohhh, Baby is moving around (she must have liked the eclair I ate for dessert!).

~Jem


11 comments:

Lulu said...

I also hate that phrase. And I am super jealous of your maternity leave. The max I can take is 12 weeks and that's with 4-6 of them completely unpaid : (

Rebecca said...

That's awesome about your leave!

And, yeah, I hate that phrase. Wish it were that easy...

Have a good weekend!

Rebecca said...

That's awesome about your leave!

And, yeah, I hate that phrase. Wish it were that easy...

Have a good weekend!

Marissa said...

I only *wish* FSH was in the water...would've saved us thousands.

Krista said...

3 out of the 4 girls (including my boss) on my team are pregnant and I get that all the time. Its frustrating and in actuality I feel like my boss got pregnant because she couldn't handle her team getting all the attention! Errrrrrr......!
That's great about your maternity leave!

Mrs. Misfits said...

That leave number is fantasic! I had that same bullshit with work having two women at the same time. What was funny was that out of 6 peeps in marketing, 4 were having babies between June and Dec.

It sounds like a delightful weekend is lined up. Enjoy the friends and Sharky snuggle time.

Kristen {www.buckupbuttercup.net} said...

Wow, 5 months leave is AMAZING...especially since a lot of it is paid! So happy for you!
I nominated you for a blog award on my blog today...don't feel obligated to pass it on...just know you are appreciated! :)

Melissa G said...

UGH, every time someone made the "There must be something in the water!" comment, I retorted with "Not unless we have the same Embryologist...".

SO Annoying.

Hooray for 20 weeks of leave, I'm extremely jealous!

Poppet said...

Save a week, at least. You may need time when you don't expect it later in 2012. Kids get sick... just sayin'....

Rain Child said...

Great news about your maternity leave! Have a nice weekend without Mr. Jem, your plans sound lovely!

mekate said...

LOVE this cartoon, oh my.
Happy baby movements! That is pure magic.
And you-- ok love, hear me: think about saving some of your time off for when you get back. just 5 days maybe, but make your first few weeks back shorter if you can. It will help with the transition-- shorter days or shorter weeks, somehow..
but 5 months? Rock and roll. That is awesome.

People say the most stupid stuff sometimes. Good for you for speaking up.

XOOX
Kate